Santiago - Chile's top football official Sergio Jadue has
gone into witness protection in the United States to cooperate with a probe
into alleged bribery within FIFA, Chilean media reported Wednesday.
Jadue, head of the Chilean National Football Association
(ANFP) and a vice-president of South American regional bloc Conmebol, traveled
to the United States on Tuesday night with his family.
Surrounded by police at Santiago Airport he left, a visibly
shaken Jadue told reporters he was going on holiday for a few months to rest
and spend time with his family.
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But the newspaper El Mercurio cited sources in the football
association saying he was going to be a "protected witness" of the US
courts as authorities probe a corruption scandal that has struck world
football's governing body.
Another newspaper, La Tercera, also citing sources in the
association Jadue heads, said he was going to "collaborate with the
investigation being carried out by the FBI".
Jadue took sick leave last week but said he would not step
down from his post despite being linked to bribery investigations.
He left on Tuesday night while the Chilean national team was
in Uruguay playing a World Cup qualifier.
South American officials are suspected of corruption in
deals to award television rights for the Copa America tournament.
The sprawling scandal has engulfed FIFA's president Sepp
Blatter, who has been suspended.
Jadue and other ANFP officials also face an investigation in
Chile into alleged illegal salary payments to members of the association.For
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